Kevin White speed fits Bears GM Ryan Pace WR mold


Kevin White speed fits Bears GM Ryan Pace WR mold

In his years with the New Orleans Saints personnel department, Bears general manager Ryan Pace was involved in occasional picks of wide receivers high in their respective drafts. Those receivers — and the selection of Kevin White by Pace at No. 7 in the 2015 draft — point a clear arrow toward Pace’s philosophy in building an offense.

White is 6-3, 210 pounds, roughly the same height as Alshon Jeffery but a few pounds lighter. More to the Pace point: White ran a 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in 4.35 sec. That was unofficially faster than times posted by other supposed super-speed receivers.

“What's dangerous about this guy is he can catch a quick slant and break a tackle and go 99 yards,” Pace said. “He has that kind of play-making ability. You see the WR screens, the "now" routes and things like that. You throw him a little, short check-down, and he's gone.”

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It fits with Pace’s preference. Where former GM Phil Emery went for size first (Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, tight end Martellus Bennett), Pace has a history of being involved with providing his quarterbacks speed bordering on frightening.

Pace was hired in 2001 as a Saints assistant. New Orleans selected Donte’ Stallworth with the 13th pick of the 2002 draft. Stallworth was timed at his Scouting Combine at 4.22 sec. in the 40. Stallworth averaged 15.1 yards per catch for his career.

Pace and the Saints selected wideout Devery Henderson in the 2004 second round. Henderson was a 4.3 speedball who would average a superb 17.9 yards per reception for his career.

The Saints chose Robert Meachem 27th in 2007. Meachem was a 4.39 burner who averaged 16.5 yards per catch in his six New Orleans seasons.

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Brandin Cooks with the 20th in 2014. Cooks was timed at 4.33 in his 40.

All of them would have trouble besting White, who caught 109 passes for West Virginia last season, in a footrace. And he fits with the template of physical receivers coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase want to become a balanced, physical offense.

“I like his size,” Pace said. “We've got two big receivers with Alshon as well, Eddie Royal can play in the slot, and don't forget Marquess Wilson. This guy can play all over so I see him as an outside receiver. …

“[White] is a special athlete. For his size, he’s big, he runs 4.3, he’s strong after the catch, and he’s a physical blocker. He really checks all the boxes you’re looking for in a receiver in our offense.”

Bears sign LB Devante Bond to replace Roquan Smith on active roster

Bears sign LB Devante Bond to replace Roquan Smith on active roster

The loss of Roquan Smith to injured reserve on Monday (torn pec) created an obvious need for the Bears at linebacker on the depth chart.

Fellow starter Danny Trevathan will likely miss Sunday's game against the Packers as he continues to rehab his elbow injury, which leaves little depth behind Nick Kwiatkoski and Kevin Pierre-Louis, the reserves-turned-starters in Week 15.

As a result, Chicago signed former Buccaneers linebacker Devante Bond on Monday.

Bond, 26, was selected by Tampa Bay in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft after a strong career at Oklahoma and has six starts on his resume over the last three years. He was released by the Buccaneers on October 19 after being suspended by the NFL for four weeks for violating the league's PED policy. 

Bond will slide into a reserve role for the Bears.

Allen Robinson's 'Within Reach Foundation' hosts holiday shopping spree for Chicago Youth Centers

Allen Robinson's 'Within Reach Foundation' hosts holiday shopping spree for Chicago Youth Centers

Bears wide receiver has had his best stretch of the season recently, collecting at least 5 receptions and a touchdown in each of his last three games. But Robinson is taking the cake as perhaps the Bears MVP off the field too, as his "Within Reach Foundation" just accomplished an awesome goal in providing quite a great experience for a group of underprivileged youths. 

Robinson's Within Reach Foundation hosted 25 kids from the Chicago Youth Center and gave the kids an excellent experience that started with an early Christmas shopping spree for each kid. Also as a part of the event, each child received football with Robinson's autograph on it and a $150 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods. 

"A lot of kids don't have things under the Christmas tree... being able to do this for kids is fun," stated Robinson. 

The ultimate goal of Robinson's Within Reach Foundation is to positively impact at least 5,000 students by the end of 2020 through their various outreach programs. 

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